Have you ever gone to a dude ranch as a guest or a worker? In my book just released, called Sunbeams & Shadows, the heroine takes a job as a cook at a guest ranch in the Cascade Mountain area of Washington State. Besides cooking, the ad insisted she be able to ride since she will have to provide meals once a week during an overnight stay on the trail.
This is a “second chance at love” romance. When Jean arrives she finds that Hal, a young man she knew in college, runs the ranch. She had hoped to marry him, but when he unexpectedly left during finals week, she had waited, and when no word came from Hal, she married a man she had known from high school. Bill had been pressuring her for several years to marry him and run a restaurant together. The place they ran in California for three years was just becoming well known when she lost her husband. Two years later she ends up at Hal’s ranch.
Jean has excellent cooking skills as well as being a skilled rider, so quickly fits in. Hal doesn’t want her to stay, but they are desperate for a cook as the guests are due next week. Then a woman comes in with the guests who met Hal last year and intends to marry him. She wants the horse Jean is riding and the man Jean loves. With plenty of horses, dogs, cowboys, and ranch guests, this novella is sure to make you want to try the dude ranch experience for yourself. Plan to include one in your family vacation spots next summer.
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A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse’s nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said “Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes.” It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.